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Kindred Healthcare‘s mission is to encourage healing, give hope, provide integrity and trust to everyone we work with directly or indirectly. We are here to serve.

We understand it can be somewhat difficult to find the right health care providers in the Anchorage, Alaska area so we have made it our mission to seek out only the best practitioners to assist. Whether you need to find a chiropractor, dentist, massage therapist, dermatologist, or a heart specialist we can help! We have been serving the Anchorage area for 20+ years and people rely on our reviews and seek our advice daily. If you think your business should be promoted here, you can always visit our Contact Page and ask to be reviewed. 

Why Sunshine is Good For You

For years, we have been told to use sunscreen and cover up in the summer, and that too much sun exposure is bad for our health. While this is true, what a lot of people don’t realize is that in moderation sunshine is good for us.

Have you ever felt sad, down or depressed during the winter months? If so, there’s a chance that you were suffering from SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder, especially in Alaska with our long dark winters. The lack of sunlight during the winter can actually impair your mood, disrupting your sleep pattern, and impairing your cognitive function too.

In addition, your body needs sunlight to make vitamin D. You can take in some vitamin D through your diet, but if you get 15-20 minutes of sunlight during the day, that will help your body to make enough of this essential vitamin of its own accord.

Waking up to the morning sun, and then going to sleep when it gets dark is a normal sleep pattern for our bodies. We struggle so much to sleep these days because we often find that we need to wake up when it’s still dark, then we spend time in rooms with artificial lighting, looking at computer screens that give off glows which confuse our internal body clocks, so our brains don’t know when to secrete the hormones that are associated with wakefulness or with sleep.

That’s why taking some time away from the computer screen is so beneficial, and why spending a bit of time going for a walk in the sun will cheer us up and make us feel better.

Getting some sunshine, for a few minutes each day, can help to reduce the appearance of acne, give you healthy looking skin (a full tan is not necessarily a sign of ‘health’, and deliberate tanning can be harmful, but some exposure to the sun is beneficial), and also provide the vitamin D producing-benefits previously mentioned. Vitamin D helps your body to absorb calcium, which means that indirectly, getting some sunshine each day will help to improve the health of your teeth and bones. This is beneficial for anyone, but particularly so if you are concerned about the possibility of developing osteoporosis in later life.

So, take a moment during your lunch break to go outside and walk around the parking lot. Open your windows at home, sit out in the garden sometimes, and enjoy nature’s best, free mood boost. If you need to check out the daylight hours in Alaska, you can also use this handy little calculator. 

The Benefits Of An Annual Health Physical

health checkupAn annual physical examination is one of the best ways to get peace of mind about your health. It is a means of reviewing your current medical health and is often beneficial in finding out whether or not you are developing any new ailments. Below are some of the other major benefits of a yearly checkup, as well as some of the things you should do before going for one.

During your yearly physical examination your doctor will check your weight, cholesterol and blood pressure. When you check these yearly it is easy to monitor any change in the numbers, since a change in weight, cholesterol or blood pressure can have a negative impact on your overall health.

Your annual checkup is a great time to review you diet and exercise plan with your doctor. It is also a good time to develop a diet and exercise plan if you do not already have one. During your yearly checkup you can get your vaccinations done. Adults do not need to be vaccinated as regularly as children but you still need to keep your vaccinations current, so go ahead and have any outdated vaccines done during your health checkup, especially if you have young children who are susceptible to contagious diseases.

Your yearly checkup is also the best time to get your flu shot. You might want to consider scheduling your checkup to coincide with the flu season so that you can get a flu shot the same time that you get a full physical.

Try to visit the same doctor for your yearly checkup if possible. This approach keeps all of your health information in the same place at all times. It also means that you will have a doctor who is familiar with your health issues in case you develop a serious illness.

Before you go for your physical you should put together a list of all your current health concerns and make a list of all the medications you are currently taking. If you are going to see a new doctor it is good to have a copy of your previous health records available so that your doctor can get a clearer picture of your health throughout the years.

With all the benefits that can be gained from getting a regular checkup it is always a good idea to make one a routine part of your yearly activities. Along with your regular checkup, getting a full body analysis from the Healing Therapeutics Health and Wellness Clinic in Anchorage, AK is a necessity, at least for me. I have been getting these body analysis for several years now and they work wonders. At the clinic, Dr. Mark Stewart thoroughly examines what makes your body, – your body. He can determine what foods, exercise, and/or supplements will work best for your body. We are all different at the end of the day and finding out what’s best for your body is essential. 

Serving Alaska Veterans

Serving Alaska Veterans

This video introduces Veterans to the three administrations of the VA — Health Care Administration, Benefits Administration, and Cemetery Administration. The video, produced in Alaska, may have relevance to Veterans throughout the United States who are eligible for benefits from the VA. Veterans are encouraged to make contact with the nearest VA.

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Alaska AFP Health Care Town Hall

Alaska AFP Health Care Town Hall

During this town hall on November 12th, 2013 we discussed potential difficulties associated with Medicaid Expansion, as well as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”). Expert speakers for the event included Christie Herrera and Josh Archambault from Foundations for Government Accountability. The event was sponsored by Americans For Prosperity Alaska and the Alaska Policy Forum.

Worker Health and Safety in Alaska 1990 Alaska Health Project

Worker Health and Safety in Alaska 1990 Alaska Health Project

This clip, from the 1992 film, High Stakes of a Paycheck, by Molly McCoy, provides an overview of worker health and safety in Alaska in 1990. Larry Weiss and Mark Catlin, former staff of the AlaskaCOSH, the Alaska Health Project, discuss injury data, the limited inspection capacity of the OSHA program and the common mistaken belief that most occupational injuries and illness are caused by worker error rather than unsafe conditions permitted by employers. At the end of the clip is a look at the workers compensation system. The Alaska Health Project (AHP) was a private non-profit organization founded in 1980 to address issues of hazardous materials in the workplace and in the community. The AHP mission was to provide information, training, research, and related services to Alaskan organizations and individuals. For more information on the issue of blaming the worker (the victim) for occupational injuries and illness, go to Hazard s magazine at http://www.hazards.org/bs/index.htm . For more on the Alaska Health Project visit https://consortiumlibrary.org/archives/FindingAids/hmc-0419.html

Alaska Proposed Health Insurance Rates 2017

Alaska Proposed Health Insurance Rates 2017

What’s happening in Alaska? Dr. Taffy reveals who is leaving the individual health insurance market, who is staying and the proposed rate increase the insurance companies are asking for.

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Alaska Pharmacist Discusses the Role of Pharmacists as Health Care Providers

Alaska Pharmacist Discusses the Role of Pharmacists as Health Care Providers

Army Pharmacist Bryan Bailey, stationed at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, shares his story of pharmacists providing patient care. Pharmacists are health care providers, but they are not recognized as such under federal law. Provider status legislation would recognize pharmacists as health care providers, so patients will have improved access to pharmacists’ services. To learn more, visit the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) at http://pharmacistsprovidecare.com